Genome-wide analysis of histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation by ChIP-chip in gastric cancer patients


Trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27me3) is a posttranslational modification that is highly correlated with genomic silencing. In gastric cancer (GC), global and gene-specific DNA methylation changes have been demonstrated to occur. However, to date, our understanding of the alterations in H3K27me3 in GC is incomplete. This study aimed to investigate the variations in H3K27me3 in CpG island regions between gastric cancerous and matched non-cancerous tissues. H3K27me3 variations were analyzed in eight pairs of GC and adjacent normal tissues, from eight GC patients, using a chromatin immunoprecipitation linked to the microarray (ChIP-chip) approach. ChIP–real time PCR was used to validate the microrray results. In addition, DNA methylation status also was further analyzed by methyl-DNA immunoprecipitation quantitative PCR. One hundred twenty-eight (119 increased and 9 decreased H3K27me3) genes displaying significant H3K27me3 differences were found between GC and adjacent normal tissues. The results of ChIP–real time PCR coincided well with those of microarray. Aberrant DNA methylation can also be found on selected randomly positive genes (MMP15, UNC5B, SHH, AFF3, and RB1). Our study indicates that there are significant alterations of H3K27me3 in gastric cancerous tissues, which may help clarify the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of GC. Such novel findings show the significance of H3K27me3 as a potential biomarker or promising target for epigenetic-based GC therapies.

DOI: 10.1007/s00535-009-0027-9

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@article{Zhang2009GenomewideAO, title={Genome-wide analysis of histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation by ChIP-chip in gastric cancer patients}, author={Li Zhang and Keli Zhong and Yong Dai and Hanxin Zhou}, journal={Journal of Gastroenterology}, year={2009}, volume={44}, pages={305-312} }